Rosa Flores is a CNN correspondent based in Miami, covering domestic and international news stories.
Rosa Flores is a CNN correspondent based in Miami. She has covered domestic news stories across the U.S. and Puerto Rico and international news stories in over 10 countries for CNN's TV and digital platforms.
Her yearlong investigation into the death of Roshad McIntosh, a Chicago teenager who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, led to the reopening of the city's investigation. Flores' investigation is documented in a three-episode CNNgo documentary called "Beneath The Skin," with a Spanish version of the work releasing on CNN en Español in both television and online under the title "Bajo la Piel."
Covering criminal justice stories is important for Flores. Her project "Disappearing Front Porch," which gave a voice to children in Chicago who are caught in the crosshairs of violence was viewed over 900,000 times online with an engagement time topping four minutes. The project was awarded the "Online Project: News" by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2017, she was awarded the John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Center on Media, Crime and Justice Reporting Fellowship.
Flores covered Pope Francis, from the papal plane, during his visits to the United States, Cuba, Mexico, Chile and Peru. She also traveled to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay to cover Francis' first visit to his native South America.
Flores covered President Barack Obama's visit to Argentina and also his attendance to the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, which included the historic handshake between the US and Cuba after more than half a century of cold war rivalry. Flores also traveled to Cuba to cover the reestablishment of relations between the US and Cuba.
She also covers international breaking news stories including the 2017 earthquake in Mexico city, the 2015 explosion of a Mexico City maternity hospital, the 2015 detention of five Syrians in Honduras traveling with fake passports, the 2014 influx of unaccompanied minors across the US southern border and then their deportation back to Honduras. Flores also covered the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2014, she spent more than two weeks in Mexico's southern state of Guerrero covering the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. Her coverage landed her the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Large Market Television Hard News Award. Flores also worked with CNN's Documentary Unit on a one-hour CNN Special Report called "A Miner Miracle, Five years after the Chilean Rescue." She traveled to Chile in 2015 to revisit the stories of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for 69 days in 2010.
Flores joined CNN in 2013. She was based in New York City for two years and Chicago for two years. Before joining CNN, she anchored the 4pm newscast at WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge. At WBRZ, she uncovered soil contamination in the East Baton Rouge Parish School District, which led to the testing of all schools in the district.
Prior to moving to Louisiana's capital city, Flores covered enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans. Starting in September 2007, she reported for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston and started her career in TV reporting at KWTV--TV in Oklahoma City.
But news reporting is her second career. Read about how a prayer and a promise led to her career change in this Reporter Notebook.
She earned a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, Bachelor's degree in business administration, and Master's degree in accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.